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By Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D.
This is the general chemical structure of an amide.
Definition: An amide is a functional group containing a carbonyl group linked to a nitrogen atom.
Amide also refers to any compound containing the amide functional group.
Amides are derived from carboxylic acid and an amine.
Amide is also the name for the inorganic anion NH2. It is the conjugate base of ammonia (NH3).
Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D.
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